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Ross County 1-4 Celtic: Neil Lennon's side win 10th game in row

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Highlights: Ross County 1-4 Celtic

Celtic earned their 10th consecutive victory in all competitions by beating Ross County to maintain their place at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Ryan Christie converted a penalty at the second attempt after Lewis Morgan was fouled, then he coolly restored the lead just before the break after Ross Stewart's header had levelled.

Tom Rogic and Mikey Johnston netted after the interval as Celtic took their tally to 37 points from a possible 42 - a total matched by rivals Rangers, who thrashed Hearts later on Sunday.

County had a late effort by Stewart disallowed for offside, but the Dingwall side are now nine games without a win and remain eighth, three points clear of bottom spot.

Sparkling Christie downs County

Any concerns over the creative and clinical capacity of Celtic's attacking line without Odsonne Edouard were quickly removed by the speed and tenacity of Christie and Lewis Morgan.

With just five minutes on the clock, Morgan took on two defenders down Celtic's right only to be clumsily tripped by Keith Watson. Christie looked poised to deliver the dead ball into the crowded box, but instead he opted to try and tuck it inside the front post, smacking the woodwork with his attempt.

The Highlanders weren't afforded as much good fortune six minutes later when a poor clearance bobbled to the feet of Morgan, who duly nipped past Watson before a late tackle caught the Celtic player. Christie again stepped up and, although his initial shot was saved by Nathan Baxter, he comfortably tapped home the rebound. Celtic had their opening goal.

An onslaught from the Scottish champions seemed likely, but County were offered a rare respite from waves of attack when Jeremie Frimpong brought Stewart down in pursuit of a long punt up the park.

Most of Josh Mullin's 15 assists in last season's Scottish Championship came from crosses and it was his set-piece that curled over the Celtic defence and towards Stewart, who headed home. It was an inch-perfect cross for a striker who now has nine goals to his name this season.

Ryan Christie

The unexpected response seemed to unsettle Celtic, but within 15 minutes, the visitors struck once more. Again, the ingenuity and finishing of Christie was on show, alighting upon Kristoffer Ajer's pass through the middle and sliding past Baxter with his left foot to ensure Celtic's led at half-time.

Although Celtic didn't bring the same attacking threat to the second half as they did in the first, they still did enough to turn the game further in their favour.

Just before the hour, Callum McGregor cannoned an effort against a post and, shortly afterwards, Morgan started the move the yielded a third goal. The forward darted down the left and cut the ball across County's six-yard box. Greg Taylor dummied, Christie flicked it on, then Rogic ended the move with a deflected shot inside the back post.

Lennon introduced Johnston and, within two minutes, the forward picked up the ball on the left and jinked between two defenders with ease before angling into the far corner of the net. A signature goal from the young attacker.

County would have a seemingly legitimate goal ruled out when Stewart's finish was disallowed because Brian Graham had been offside when the initial cross was made. But a consolation goal would not have masked another poor result for the promoted side.

Man of the match - Ryan Christie

BBC Scotland's Eilidh Davies at Global Energy Stadium

Christie proved to be hugely influential. The 24-year-old hit the bar early on, scored twice, and was involved in the third goal, scored by Rogic.

His movement and work-rate paid dividends for the Parkhead side and he is now the top scorer for Neil Lennon's side this term with 15 goals. Hard to believe that, little over a year ago, he was a bit-part player at Celtic.

'He has got it completely wrong' - reaction

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Watch: Referee got it wrong against Celtic - Kettlewell

Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell: "We feel we should have had a second goal today. I'm not saying it impacted the result but it's a massive frustration. I think the guy has got it completely wrong.

"Ross Stewart is clearly onside, Brian Graham is clearly walking back away from the goal. It's not that it would have got us back in the game, the goal difference is a crucial part of the season."

Celtic manager Neil Lennon: "We were a constant threat. We had to work at breaking them down, but the longer the game went on we looked like we got stronger, more powerful and penetrating as well.

"In the end four goals is a very good total away from home but it could have been more."

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Watch: Celtic showing no sign of slowing - Lennon

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 21Baxter
  • 15Watson
  • 5Morris
  • 4FontaineBooked at 29mins
  • 3Kelly
  • 14Mullin
  • 16Spence
  • 24Paton
  • 18Foster
  • 27Stewart
  • 8ErwinSubstituted forGrahamat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Laidlaw
  • 2Fraser
  • 7Gardyne
  • 9Mckay
  • 19Graham
  • 20Spittal
  • 23Chalmers

Celtic

  • 67Forster
  • 30FrimpongBooked at 23mins
  • 2Jullien
  • 35Ajer
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Brown
  • 42McGregorSubstituted forBittonat 81'minutes
  • 17Christie
  • 18RogicSubstituted forJohnstonat 72'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 49Forrest
  • 16MorganSubstituted forGriffithsat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gordon
  • 6Bitton
  • 9Griffiths
  • 11Sinclair
  • 13Bauer
  • 19Johnston
  • 41Robertson
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
6,512

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home2
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home0
Away11
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 1, Celtic 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Celtic 4.

Attempt blocked. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Liam Fontaine.

Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

Attempt missed. Michael Johnston (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Brian Graham (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Nir Bitton replaces Callum McGregor.

Liam Fontaine (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).

Foul by Greg Taylor (Celtic).

Josh Mullin (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

Foul by Jeremie Frimpong (Celtic).

Harrison Paton (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).

Liam Fontaine (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Callum Morris.

Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Lewis Morgan.

Ryan Christie (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harrison Paton (Ross County).

Booking

Michael Johnston (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, Celtic 4. Michael Johnston (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Greg Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Michael Johnston replaces Tomas Rogic.

Jeremie Frimpong (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ross Stewart (Ross County).

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, Celtic 3. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Christie.

Hand ball by Callum Morris (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Brian Graham replaces Lee Erwin.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Callum Morris.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Richard Foster.

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Callum McGregor (Celtic) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Greg Taylor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Erwin (Ross County).

Tomas Rogic (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Spence (Ross County).

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic1412114483637
2Rangers1412114383537
3Aberdeen158432317628
4Motherwell158162522325
5Kilmarnock156451717022
6Hibernian154742327-419
7Livingston153571623-714
8Ross County153571734-1714
9Hamilton152671527-1212
10Hearts142571525-1011
11St Mirren1532101121-1011
12St Johnstone142571333-2011
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